Across the world, millions are practising self-isolation. Though much remains uncertain, we do know that staying home is the best thing we can do. While daily routines may have been disrupted, there’s plenty to keep you occupied digitally. Here are our recommended apps to help you through self-isolation:
Amazon Prime Video
Bored of flicking through the same television channels? Amazon Prime Video offers over 20,000 films and television shows with something for everyone including Amazon Originals like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hunters. You can download videos from Amazon Prime Video to your phone or tablet to watch offline anywhere and anytime. Though the application is free, you will need to subscribe to Prime Video in order to access the plethora of films and tv programmes.
Much like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix offers a vast range of films and television shows from around the world. Choose from award-winning series, movies, documentaries and stand-up specials, browse new titles or search for your favourites and download all of them straight to your device. What’s more, if you haven’t used Netflix before you’ll be eligible for a free trial.
Spotify is the best way to listen to music and podcasts on mobile or tablet. There are thousands and thousands of songs, artists, albums, playlists and podcasts ready and waiting to be listened to for free. And you can get inspired with personal recommendations and readymade playlists for just about any mood or situation. Podcasts are a wonderful way to learn new things while playlists designed for concentration are great for background noise if you’re working from home.
Name a topic and YouTube has covered it. Whether you want to watch, listen or stream there is so much content, music, news and more available on the YouTube app. Subscribe to channels with your favourite content so you can go back and watch videos at any time, share them with friends or upload your very own for everyone to see. YouTube is both free to sign up to and free to download, so what are you waiting for? A world of content is waiting at your fingertips.
Food & Drink
Mealime Meal Plans & Recipes
Self-isolation is a great time to focus on living a healthier lifestyle. Mealime helps you to plan meals by creating customised meal plans and suggesting recipes that work with your tastes and lifestyle. The creators behind Mealime have streamlined the cooking experience by creating step-by-step and hassle-free cooking instructions meaning the stress of decision making and meal preparation is long gone. One of the huge benefits of using this app is the minimal food waste – the team have ensured each meal plan is intelligently created in order to eliminate food waste.
SuperCook Recipe by Ingredient
SuperCook is a recipe discovery app offering a personalised menu of recipes you can create using the random ingredients you have left in the cupboards. Simply add the ingredients you wish to use and wait for recipe results. The search can be filtered by dietary requirements, cuisines, nutrition and more and also works alongside your shopping list to personalise your menu.
Can’t be bothered to cook? Order restaurant food easily with the Uber Eats app. You can browse nearby restaurants and search for food by cuisine, restaurant name, dish or meal and order dinner with just a few simple taps. Support local restaurants and get your food delivered straight to your doorstep – ensuring the 2-metre rule, of course.
Yummly is your smart cooking sidekick, offering personalised guidance every step of the way. From personalised recipe recommendations to handy tools and helpful videos, Yummly has everything you need to improve life in the kitchen. Choose from over 2 million recipes, personalise to your tastes and dietary needs, follow step-by-step guided recipes, collect, save and organise your favourites and add entire recipes to your shopping list.
Heads Up! found fame on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is a hilarious game you can play on any device. You have to guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out, these could be anything from naming celebrities to miming, singing to silly accents. There are lots of exciting categories to choose from and you can even create a category all of your own. A great way to pass the time while testing your popular knowledge.
Lake: Colouring Books
Want to relax and paint the stress of the outside world away? Lake: Colouring Books is a free app available to download on any device which allows you to colour yourself calmer. It features over 60 colouring books created by worldwide illustrators which can be coloured in with a 5-piece tool set which includes an acrylic brush, watercolour brush, spray, fill and eraser. All you have to do is tap-to-fill!
Exercise your brain with a new page of your favourite puzzles delivered to your device every day. Puzzle Page contains over 20 varieties of classic puzzle including crosswords, sudoku, nonograms, wordsearches, codewords, kakuro and many more. Each day brings a new assortment of word, logic, number and picture puzzles to complete, you’ll never be bored!
Like Puzzle Page, Sudoku features classic sudoku puzzles for beginners and advanced players. There are thousands of sudoku puzzles available on this app, with new puzzles added every day. Win daily challenges, join seasonal events and track your statistics all while training your brain and having fun.
Health & Fitness
Voted App of the Year by Apple in 2017, Calm is an app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Featuring guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises and relaxing music, Calm is recommended by top psychologists, therapists and mental health experts and has been proven to improve sleep, lower stress and reduce anxiety. It’s a great app if you’re new to mindfulness but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.
What better time to learn a language than now? Duolingo is an easy-to-use app that makes learning fun. The secret? Duolingo feels like a game and makes sure you stay motivated to learn. There are over 30 languages to choose from on the app and you can track your progress and earn rewards. So, which language will you pick?
In our recent blog post, we recommended free online workouts for over 70s and Seven is a great extension of that. Seven’s workouts are based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit in the shortest time possible, so you’ll be getting fitter without taking much time out of your day. The workouts included don’t require equipment, all you need is your chosen device, the app and a clear space.
This recommendation is for those of you working from home. Stand Up! is a fun, flexible work break timer. It’s easy to get into the rhythm of working and forget to take breaks but with Stand Up! you can set regular reminder intervals customised to your work schedule.
Facebook & Facebook Messenger
Facebook is a fantastic social networking site that enables you to stay in touch with family and friends both near and far. Connect with people who share the same interests as you, communicate privately on Facebook Messenger, watch your favourite content, buy and sell items or just spend time with your community. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all our latest news.
Looking for inspiration? Dreaming of your next destination? Pinterest provides that and so much more from travel ideas to guides, tips and tricks to recipes. Discover everyday inspiration and explore articles on trending and recommended topics or collaborate with friends for your next group trip. Explore over 100 billion ideas and find new things to do.
Skype keeps the world talking. Video call your friends and family, chat away with people instantly, send photos or videos and make voice calls. Now more than ever, it is important to keep in touch with the ones you love and what better way to say “hello” than on Skype?
Another great app for staying in touch with your loved ones, WhatsApp is a free messaging app that allows you to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents and voice messages. You can set up group chats with your friends and family to ensure everyone stays up to date. What’s more the app is free download and free to use so you’re just a few clicks away from constant communication.